Pool of­fers shark safety

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING a non-lethal shark bar­rier at Cottes­loe Beach in­volves is­sues al­ready con­sid­ered by a pro­posed beach pool north of Cottes­loe Groyne, pool pro­po­nent Tom Locke says.

“A shark (bar­rier) so­lu­tion re­quires the coun­cil to de­cide on a site, get­ting a cost ben­e­fit anal­y­sis and whether would it pro­vide, like a pool. ac­cess to the sea for se­niors, the dis­abled, chil­dren, and win­ter swimming, and be a tourism at­trac­tion,” Mr Locke said.

The pool, the bar­rier and a Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club watch­tower are among plans for swimmer safety.

Mr Locke, who does not op­pose a bar­rier, and other daily club swim­mers started work­ing on a beach pool after Ken Crew was killed by a great white shark at North Cottes­loe in 2000.

The pro­posal cur­rently com­prises an eight-lane, sand-bot­tom basin cre­ated by a J-shaped rock­wall north of the groyne that is backed by Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport for­mer chair­man John Bloom­field.

It has also been in­ves­ti­gated by UWA Cen­tre for Wa­ter Re­search di­rec­tor Jorg Im­berger and was a sub­mis­sion to Cottes­loe Coun­cil’s re­view of its beach pol­icy re­cently.

Mr Locke said his ex­pe­ri­ence was those who op­posed a project, in­clud­ing a bar­rier, would be louder than a “silent majority” who backed projects and the coun­cil now had to de­cide whether it wanted an ocean pool.

Cottes­loe SLSC pres­i­dent Ben Stephens said his club was now “mind­ful” of the other projects and after re­cent talks with the coun­cil the tower was not likely to be “mas­sive struc­ture”. A de­sign could be ready by the end of next month.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said all Mr Locke’s is­sues were brought up dur­ing a meet­ing with Mr Moss two weeks ago and he had been asked to follow up on those ques­tions .

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